Why Your Resume is Like a Burger

If you think a big, messy burger has as much in common with a professional, neat resume as a one-off assignment with a full-time job contract, you are about to change your mind.

Fresh ingredients, ideal proportions and careful preparation are key in creating a burger that will satisfy even the most demanding palate. Similarly, keeping your resume updated and retaining a balance between logically presented information and error-free content are bound to make a positive impression on a professional recruiter.

Nevertheless, getting your CV to make the “yes” pile is not as challenging as it may seem. Basically, it all comes down to a few easy tricks. Foundation is key – preparing the right base allows for all the information to hold together and stay unified. In this case, a burger lover is happy and the recruiter just as satisfied.

It’s clear to any burger fan that their favourite food just doesn’t taste as good without that additional something – the sauce. In a resume, the awesome sauce equates to your achievements. In the same way, you can never forget about the little things that close the deal. Your CV preparation process should never lack a spellcheck or two, before some thorough double-checking.

Since both a well-prepared sandwich and a high-impact resume need texture, it’s important not to forget to include the key ingredient in each, and to let it take the lead! Likewise, the perfect experience outline effectively highlights the new and omits the not-so-new, letting the decade-long details fade away to where they belong – the past.

Lastly, everybody who has ever advised you to tailor your CV content to the job offer was onto something. Make sure you make it crystal clear what an ideal candidate you are.

If that gave you an appetite for more and left you anxious to get your teeth stuck into your dream job, check out this infographic from Career FAQs to find out more about what a professional resume has in common with a tasty fast food burger.


  • Your resume needs a strong foundation!
  • Give your resume a little something that will make it stand out.
  • Relevant information and key sections will add substance to your resume.


Author: Kelly Smith is a dedicated tutor and writer. Currently, she develops her passion at Career FAQs, one of the leading providers of career and educational resources in Australia, where she provides career advice for students and job seekers.

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